React: The Feminine Mystique at 50 - Exhibition

- 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Opening reception: Friday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.

React: The Feminine Mystique at 50, will mark the anniversary of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking text by extracting examples from the book to be used as the basis for student response. The curators will select specific quotes, objects, advertisements and articles referenced in Friedan’s text to demonstrate Friendan’s perspective. Her reaction to the world of 1950s America – through material and societal culture – built the foundation for her argument against the patriarchal society in which she lived.

This exhibition seeks to explore Friedan’s text from a contemporary lens in an effort to both honor the text – argued by many to be the catalyst of second-wave feminism in America – and to provide critical analysis half a century after its publication.

Curated by Natalie Balthrop and Deborah Engel, graduates of Parsons' Masters in the History of Decorative Arts and Design program.

A related symposium will take place Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23.  For more information please visit the React: The Feminine Mystique at 50 blog.


Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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